A woman who incited her pet pit bull to kill a man by mauling him has been given a 20-year prison term for the crime. A 55-year-old auto mechanic named Donald Abner was murdered by 40-year-old Melissa Wolke, who also lived with him in Conway, Kentucky.
Authorities had at the time responded to the horrific murder after receiving allegations of an incident at around three in the morning on January 10, 2020. Upon arrival, state troopers saw Wolke atop Abner. As her pit bull bit his head and face, they observed her thrashing him. She was heard encouraging the dog to attack by shouting, “Good boy, get him,” according to a neighbor who later reported hearing her to the police.
When they arrived at the home on Pug Lane in Rockcastle County, off US Highway 25, the responding officers claimed they had no choice but to shoot the dog dead. Later, during a police interview, Wolke sobbed repeatedly and screamed, “Oh my God, I went redneck on him.”
According to an examination, Abner asphyxiated to death right there on the spot. In addition, coroners discovered bite marks on his face and head as well as a broken bone in his neck. According to Kentucky State Police Detective Ryan Loudermilk’s testimony in court, Wolke’s neighbor remembered hearing party sounds a few hours prior to the attack. Additionally, he insisted that he had heard gunshots in the weeks before the incident but was unsure of what was being shot.
Officers were unable to recover the video, which the neighbor claimed to have destroyed after recording the assault on his phone because it was “awful to watch.” A police report from the time noted, “She looked to have blood on her hands and feet and had a large clump of hair in her palms that was consistent with the victim’s hair.” The victim had been bitten multiple times in the face and head, according to state trooper Scottie Pennington, and they were forced to fire the dog because Wolke wouldn’t order it to back down. She utilized her pet, a pit bull, as a weapon to aid her in this conflict, in my opinion, Pennington told the channel.